IZMIR MEDITERRANEAN ACADEMY
The Izmir Metropolitan Municipality had set a threefold vision with the contributions of intellectuals and lovers of Izmir at the Cultural Workshop it organized in 2009: to transform Izmir into a design and innovation city, to establish the city as an attractive focus in the Mediterranean region, and to create a democratic governance in the city. Since then, the vision has been accepted in Izmir. In order to implement this vision, the Metropolitan Municipality established the Izmir Mediterranean Academy in March 2012 to act both as a think tank and a democratic platform.
October 24, 2009 Culture Workshop. A vision for Izmir is developed. To pursue this vision, the proposal of founding an urban academy is adopted.
May 31, 2011 "Design Forum". The idea of "Mediterranean Academy" is raised again.
March 12, 2012 "Izmir Mediterranean Academy Regulation" is ratified by the Council of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality.
November 5, 2012 "Izmir Mediterranean Academy Directorate" moves into the former trolleybus atelier buildings located at the entrance of Ahmed Adnan Saygun Art Center, and begins the process of foundation.
October 2012 Publication of the "Design Strategy Report for the Reinforcement of the Izmirians Relationship with the Sea".
March 9, 2013 First meeting of IzmirHistory Project in cooperation with the Directorate of Historic Environment and Cultural Heritage.
March 10, 2013 A meeting entitled "Art in Public Space" is held at İZFAŞ Meeting Hall upon Izmir Metropolitan Mayor Aziz Kocaoğlu’s call.
May 22, 2013 "Piri Reis: Sailor and World Scholar" conference at the chamber hall of Ahmed Adnan Saygun Art Center. Chaired by Professor Tevfik Balcıoğlu, the conference participants consist of Professor Zeki Arıkan, Professor İdris Bostan and Professor Salih Özbaran. "Piri Reis Map" is published and distributed at the event. Çeşme Ulusoy Anadolu Maritime Vocational High School, Nevvar Salih Işgören Anadolu Maritime Vocational High School, Şehit İdari Ateşe Çağlar Yücel Anadolu Maritime Vocational High School, Güzelbahçe İMKB Maritime Vocational High School and Piri Reis Maritime Association have been invited to the conference.
June 29, 2013 On the occasion of the World Industrial Design Day, posters are prepared and displayed on bus stops and busses in cooperation with the ETMK (Chamber of Industrial Designers) Izmir Branch.
September 24, 2013 Izmir Mediterranean Academy official opening conference. Speakers: Izmir Metropolitan Mayor Aziz Kocaoğlu, Associate Professor Shane Hawkins of the Canadian Institute for Mediterranean Studies Board of Directors, Arkas Holding Chairman Lucien Arkas, and Professor İlhan Tekeli, member of the Mediterranean Academy Board and Scientific Committee.
October 23, 2013 Archaeology and History Talks – 1: "Yeşilova: The First Izmir", Assistant Professor Zafer Derin (Yeşilova Tumulus Excavations Team Leader).
November 16, 2013 Archaeology and History Talks – 2: "Smyrna: The Pioneer of City Planning in the West", Professor Meral Akurgal (Smyrna Excavations Team Leader).
December 7, 2013 Izmir Ecology Forum.
December 14, 2013 Second meeting of IzmirHistory Project.
December 21, 2013 Archaeology and History Talks - 3: "On the Traces of Contemporary Izmir: Nea Smyrna", Assistant Professor Akın Ersoy (Nea Smyrna Excavations Team Leader).
January 4, 2014 Fashion Meeting: a road map is drawn by fashion designers, fashion writers, architects, academics and textile industrialists to determine Izmir’s vision on fashion.
January, 22-25 2014 IF Wedding Fashion, a workshop program is held at the Mediterranean Academy stand, led by Mihrican Damba, Özlem Erkan and Deniz Kaprol with the participation of design students from universities around the country.
January 25, 2014 Archaeology and History Talks - 4: "Apollo Clarius: World’s Oldest Ancient Center of Prophecy", Professor Nuran Şahin (Claros Excavations Team Leader).
February 26-March 2, 2014 The Academy participates in MODEKO (Furniture, Decoration, Home and Office Furniture Fair) with ETMK Izmir Branch. It holds an exhibition selected by ETMK and initiates a "Designers Meeting".
March 1, 2014 Archaeology and History Talks - 5: "Ottoman Phokai: From Alum Trade to Salt Trade", Professor Zeki Arıkan.
March 22, 2014 A discussion with writer Ece Temelkuran entitled "Mediterranean Women" is held as part of the "History and Culture Talks" program, conveyed by Professor Uygur Kocabaşoğlu.
April 5, 2014 Archaeology and History Talks - 6: "Phokai from the Genoese to Suleiman", Professor Ömer Özyiğit (Phokai Excavations Team Leader).
April 14, 2014 A meeting is held with Tela Botanica Network representatives upon izmir French Cultural Center’s request.
April 19, 2014 Archaeology and History Talks - 7: "The Ancient City of Metropolis", Associate Professor Serdar Aybek (Metropolis Excavations Leader).
May 8, 2014 Izmir Mediterranean Academy hosts a discussion entitled "Marine Ecological Engineering: A Sustainable Solution for Coastal Cities and Areas" with strategy manager Guy A. Herrouin and network representative Julie R. Person of Pôle Mer Méditerranée Group located in the south of France. Officials from Izmir Metropolitan Municipality and İZSU, academics, and NGO representatives also participate in the discussion with presentations.
May 10, 2014 A discussion with archaeologist Osman Erkurt, representative of 360 Degree Research Group, entitled "Experimental Studies on Underwater Archaeology" is held as part of the "History and Culture Talks" program.
May 20-22, 2014 The Academy hosts two design seminars entitled "Through the Application" and "Low Density Objects", held by Kelwin Palmer and Sam Basu.
May 21, 2014 Archaeology and History Talks - 8: "Pergamon: Death cannot Enter Here", Professor Felix Pirson (Pergamon Excavations Team Leader).
June 2, 2014 A discussion with Professor Ilber Ortaylı entitled "Eastern Mediterranean during the Centuries of Turkish Dominance" is held, as part of the "History and Culture Talks" program, conveyed by Professor Uygur Kocabaşoğlu.
June 30, 2014-October 20, 2015 Design Pavilion Ideas National Contest Announcement. Application/Evaluation/Announcement of Results/Exhibition.
September 25, 2014 A discussion with Thierry Fabre, international relations representative of MuCEM of Marsellie, entitled "Mediterranean Culture and the Future" is held, as part of the "History and Culture Talks" program, conveyed Assoc. Professor Serhan Ada.
October 18, 2014 Archaeology and History Talks-9: "Ephesus: Ancient Excavations in the New Century", Professor Sabine Ladstatter (Ephesus Excavations Team Leader).
October 31-November 30, 2014 "Design for Children from Poland: Let’s Play" exhibition and "Design Box: Izmir Mediterranean Academy Design Workshop for Children" in cooperation with culture.pl.
November 27-28, 2014 "International Symposium on History, Culture and Politics of the Mediterranean".
December 20, 2014 Archaeology and History Talks - 10: "Limantepe Excavations and Underwater Research", Professor Hayat Erkanal (Limantepe Excavations Team Leader).
February 2015 Piri Reis: Sailor and World Scholar book, a compilation of the papers presented to the conference held with the same title on May 22, 2013 is published.
March 2015 Izmir Ecology Forum book, a compilation of the working groups’ reports of the December 2013 forum held with the same title, is published.
April 11, 2015 "Tale of Travel of Olive in the Mediterranean – I": "The Story of the Revival of Klazomenai Olive Press", A. Ertan İplikçi.
April 16-19, 2015 The Academy participates in OLIVTECH 5, Olive and Olive Oil Technologies Fair with a design stand.
May 9, 2015 "Tale of Travel of Olive in the Mediterranean – II": "Aegean Olive and Olive Oil Trade during the 18th and 19th Centuries", Professor Zeki Arıkan and Assoc. Professor Cihan Özgün.
June 2015 "Call to Design: An invitation" is issued with the aim to collect the project proposals in the field of design.
June 20, 2015 "Tale of Travel of Olive in the Mediterranean – III": "History of the Aegean Olive Cooperatives", Dr. Özlem Yıldırır Kocabaş, Çağatay Özcan Kokulu (Gödence Agricultural Development Cooperative President).
August 2015 First issue of Mediterranean Again bulletin is published. The bulletin publicizes the works and events organized by the Izmir Mediterranean Academy along with the interviews conducted in the field of Academy’s interests.
August 2015 Pla+form journal is published. The journal is prepared collectively by Izmir Culture Platform, the initiation of which was facilitated by Izmir Mediterranean Academy Culture and Arts Coordination Unit. Pla+form aims to strengthen the communication between Izmir’s arts and culture practitioners and to make their cultural productions more visible.
August 20, 2015 Project proposals submitted to Izmir Mediterranean Academy upon the Call to Design contest are evaluated and concluded by the Design Selection Board.
August 24-September 2, 2015 Design Summer School to investigate and redesign the tandour ovens and their environment, that are used widely in Kadifekale. The Summer School is organized by IzmirHistory project’s History Design Workshop group.
September 2-3, 2015 Izmir Olive Symposium.
October 17, 2015 International Design Museums Conference. Speakers: Dr. Barbra Coutinho (Lisbon Design Museum) Professor Daniel Charny (Kingston University) and Burçak Madran.
October 24, 2015 "Tale of Travel of Olive in the Mediterranean – IV": "Olive and Olive Oil Trade in the Eastern Mediterranean". Speakers: Professor Christos Hadziiossif, Director of the Mediterranean Research Institute of Crete and Research and Technology Foundation of Greece (FORTH), and Professor Suraiya Faroqhi of Istanbul Bilgi University.
November 1, 2015 Second issue of Pla+form, the journal of Izmir Culture Platform Initiative is published.
November 25-December 29, 2015 Call for papers for the International Börklüce Mustafa Symposium to be held on 2-5 June 2016.
December 15, 2015 Izmir Culture Platform Initiative 2015 Yearbook is published compiling the topics and participants’ contributions of the Izmir Culture Communication Meetings.
December 15-22, 2015 Exhibition at the Izmir History Design Atelier of the designs produced through the Kadifekale Tandoori Oven Design Summer School, which was held jointly by Izmir Mediterranean Academy and Izmir History Design Workshop in August - September 2015.
December 2015 Compilation of the papers presented to "Izmir Olive Symposium" of September, 2-3 2015 is published in a book entitled Izmir Olive Symposium: In Pursuit of the Immortal Tree: Take Your Hands off My Olive.
December 2015 Second issue of the Mediterranean Again bulletin of Izmir Mediterranean Academy is published.
January 15, 2016 The first research meeting of Gulf of Izmir in accordance with the strategy drawn by the Mediterranean Academy Scientific Board to carry the Gulf to Izmirians’ agenda. The meeting resolves to organize a panel discussion on the values of the Gulf of Izmir.
January 22, 2016 Draft program for Börklüce Mustafa Symposium to be held on June 2-5, 2016 is drafted after the evaluation of the submitted abstracts by the Organizing Committee.
February 2, 2016 First event of "My Art Factory Project" is held in BEGOS (An Organized Industry Region in Buca Disrict).
February 17, 2016 First meeting for research of a technical infrastructure for the "Project of Biodiversity of Izmir Province" is held in Izmir Mediterranean Academy with the contribution of Serdar Gökhan Şenol, the head of Herbarium Research and Implementation Center of Botanic Garden of Ege University.
March 2016 Publication of the Catalog of Design Pavilion Ideas National Contest.
March 6, 2016 Forum on "Musical Works in Izmir" is held in the scope of IzmirCulture Pla+form Initiative.
March 2016 From Alum Trade to Salt Trade book, a compilation of the papers presented to the conference held with the same title is published.
March 11, 2016 Pilot Cities Europe program, the initial workshop involved a diverse group of participants, including representatives of different areas of local government, civil society activists and private organizations. In the course of the workshop, participants evaluated Izmir’s current status as regards the nine "Commitments" or thematic areas that make up Culture 21 Actions. The exercise was facilitated by a team of local professionals (including Gökçe Suvari and Elfin Yüsektepe Bengisu), and external guests (including Serhan Ada, Jordi Baltà and Catherine Cullen).
March 12, 2016 "Culture and Development: Pilot City Izmir" conference at the chamber hall of Ahmed Adnan Saygun Art Center. Chaired by Associate Professor Serhan Ada, the conference participants consist of Jordi Baltà and Catherine Cullen.
March 16-18, 2016 Izmir Mediterranean Academy contributes to the organization of a Design Workshop held in Izmir Event of Turkey Innovation Week.
March 26, 2016 First meeting of "Debate on the Mediterranean" is held for preparation of Meltem journal.
March 26, 2016 "On the Coast of the Mediterranean I - Values of Izmir Gulf" panel in Ahmed Adnan Saygun Art Center, the panel chaired by Associate Professor Güzel Yücel Gier, the panel participants consist of Professor Bülent Cihangir, Professor Mehmet Sıkı, Professor Zafer Tosunoğlu, Associate Professor Vahdet Ünal, Associate Professor Harun Güçlüsoy.
March 26-27, 2016 IzmirCulture Pla+form Initiative’s Communication Meeting: Participants: Sarp Keskiner on the name of Kronovox Archives, Can Çetin, Altay Ozankan, and Emre Can Bulut from Apeiron Collective, Çağrı Öner, Oğuz Ediz, and Özgün Er from Media Club, fashion designer Mihrican Damba, Sirel Ekşi, representing Müzik Sev, Nesrin Uçarlar representing Tiyatro Medresesi, archeologist Ahmet Uhri, musician Aykut Çerezcioğlu, Burak Doğu, Zeyno Pekünlü - a culture producer from Istanbul, and Hüseyin Başkadem, who has been carrying out Afyon Jazz Festival program.
April 2016 "Debate on the Mediterranean" meeting is held for drafting and preparation of Meltem journal.
April 10, 2016 "Space for Cultural Activities in Izmir" forum is held in the scope of IzmirCulture Pla+form Initiative.
April 16, 2016 "The Travel of Grape in the Mediterranean I: Grape, Viniculture and Vineyard in Antic and Prehistoric Ages" conference at the chamber hall of Ahmed Adnan Saygun Art Center. The conference is chaired by Associate Professor Alp Yücel Kaya. Speakers: Professor Ergün Laflı, Assistant Professor Ahmet Uhri.
April 16-17, 2016 IzmirCulture Pla+form Initiative’s Communication Meeting. Participants: Diyar Saraçoğlu from Alternative Media Association, Zehra Akdemir and Şebnem Gökçen Dündar who have made a representation about "Izmir Lecture", Conductor of Orchestra and Consultant of Mayor of Izmir İbrahim Yazıcı, documentary film producer Tahsin İşbilen, member of Faculty of Architecture of Dokuz Eylül University Emel Kayın, Esra Okyay and Gülderen Depas, from 3rd Wave Independent Art Initiative, who made a representation on a project "A Room for One’s Own". Cem Avcı from Istanbul'dan Sulukule Volunteer Association in Istanbul and Ares Shporta, General Director of Lumbardhi Foundation in Prizren, Kosovo.
May 3, 2016 "Havra (Synagogue) Street Meet Design", which was selected upon the Call to Design contest, by the Design Selection Board, is launched by Izmir Mediterranean Academy.
May 5, 2016 Second Meeting for "Havra (Synagogue) Street Meet Design Project".
May 15, 2016 "Cinema and Video in Izmir" forum is held in the scope of IzmirCulture Pla+form Initiative.
May 18, 2016 "Havra (Synagogue) Street Meet Design Project" first workshop is carried out by Izmir Association for Protection and Advancing Urban Values, Participatory Architecture Initiative and Design Coop, within the coordination of Izmir Mediterranean Academy.
May 14, 2016 "The Travel of Grape in the Mediterranean II": "Grape, Viniculture and Vineyard since 1980" conference at chamber hall of Ahmed Adnan Saygun Art Center. The chair and the speakers: Associate Professor Alp Yücel Kaya, Professor Yaşar Uysal, Dr. Hülya Uysal.
May 21, 2016 "On the Coast of the Mediterranean II": "Izmir Gulf from Historical Perspective" conference is held in Ahmed Adnan Saygun Art Center. The conference is chaired by Associate Professor Alp Yücel Kaya. Speakers: Assistant Professor Akın Ersoy, Professor F. Cânâ Bilsel, Assistant Professor Arife Karadağ, Professor Engin Berber.
May 28-29, 2016 IzmirCulture Pla+form Initiative’s Communication Meeting. Participants: documentary artist Ekin İdiman, Mert Hüroğlu and Barışcan Çelik from Rokalemon Visual Works Office, Aytaç Aksoy and Gökhan Pirli from Karşı Bisiklet, Ercüment Serpil from Karşı Sanat Merkezi, Şafak Ersözlü-Bahar Nihal Ersözlü makes a presentation on Festival on Idiot Sultan and Visibility in Art, Erk Bilgiç on the name of Tiyatrohane, Cem Erciyes, the general editor of Doğan Kitap, from Istanbul.
June 2-5, 2016 International Symposium on Börklüce Mustafa is held in Ahmed Adnan Saygun Art Center.
June 2016 History, Culture, and Politics in the Mediterranean: The Need for a Plural and Diverse Unity book, a compilation of the papers presented to the symposium is published.
June 13, 2016 A decision is taken by the Council regarding the project Biodiversity of Izmir Province.
June 14, 2016 "On the Coast of the Mediterranean Sea III - Marine Culture in Izmir Gulf" panel is held at the chamber hall of Ahmed Adnan Saygun Art Center. The panel is chaired by Associate Professor Güzel Yücel Gier. Speakers: Dr. Hasibe Velibeyoğlu, Hakan Kütük, Barış Şendemir ve Murat Kaptan.
June 15, 2016 Third issue of IzmirCulture Pla+form Initiative’s journal Pla+form is published.
June 16, 2016 Second workshop of "Havra (Synagogue) Street Meet Design Project" in Küçükkaraosmanoğlu Inn in Kemeraltı.
June 18, 2016 "Stage and Audience for Theater in Izmir" forum is held in the scope of IzmirCulture Pla+form Initiative.
June 23, 2016 Second meeting for "Havra (Synagogue) Street Meet Design Project".
June 28, 2016 Third workshop of "Havra (Synagogue) Street Meet Design Project" in Küçükkaraosmanoğlu Inn in Kemeraltı.
June 29, 2016 On the occasion of the World Industrial Design Day, posters are prepared and displayed on bus stops and billboards in cooperation with the ETMK (Chamber of Industrial Designers) Izmir Branch.